Urban Refuge News

Bridge Builders

New 3-Week Series Starts 4/8

Feeling the weight of division around you? Exhausted by the relentless choosing of sides? Wearied by spewed opinions barren of understanding? Drowning under a constant undertow of tension in your own home? Relate much? This three-week series by Pastor Andy Gray will help us connect with God’s heart for oneness and offer practical steps for building bridges of influence in our polarized world.

“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Ephesians 4:3

Young Adults- Pulse Twin Cities

Join Us and Bring a Friend!

Friday, May 18, U.S. Bank Stadium, Meet at Urban at 5:00 PM to carpool. The Young Adults ministry will be going together to the Pulse Twin Cities event, an outreach opportunity for the city. PULSE aims to bring a message of hope to the Twin Cities with an event that's fun, engaging and impactful! Lecrae and Hillsong Young and Free will perform and Nick Hall will share a message. Questions? Email youngadults@theurbanrefuge.com.

Young Adults Volunteering

With Open Arms Minnesota

Saturday, May 19, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Open Arms of Minnesota (2500 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis). Open Arms of Minnesota is a nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities. Join us for this tangible way of loving our neighbors by cooking and delivering food to them, all while hanging out with our UR Young Adults community. So that we can get a volunteer count to Open Arms, please register by Friday, May 11 HERE. Questions? Email youngadults@theurbanrefuge.com.

Special Sunday Service 4/29

I Am My Brother’s Keeper

We’re excited to have Dr. Charles Morgan be our Guest Speaker at the Urban Refuge on Sunday, April 29th. Dr. Morgan is an insightful communicator with a wide breadth of understanding of history, race, culture, socioeconomics, all in a biblical framework.

Dr. Morgan is CEO of Union Gospel Mission. He served as Founder and Senior Pastor of Resurrection Life Fellowship, a non-denominational Christian Church located in Westchester, California, for thirtythree years. Concurrent with his pastoral ministry, he was Vice President of Program at the Los Angeles Mission.Check out his full Biography HERE.

Men’s Game Night

Saturday, April 28, 6:30-10:00 PM, Emanuelson-Podas (7705 Bush Lake Rd, Edina) We’re having another night of games, fellowship, food and fun. A ping-pong tournament will be under way this time! Board games, basketball, trivia and any other ideas or games you want to introduce are welcomed and available! There will also be a testimony beginning at 7:00 PM sharp. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Questions? Contact Darrin Chitwood, 612-518-1623.

Multi-Ethnic Conversations Study Kick Off

Sunday, April 29, 11:45 AM-1:00 PM, Gathering Room. As a continuation of the Bridge Builders sermon series, the Harmony Team invites you to join us for an eight-week study that is rooted in God’s Word. Together, through daily readings, thought-provoking questions, and group discussion, we will seek to build cross-cultural relationships and increase cross-cultural competence in a diverse body of Christ. On Sunday, April 29, all participants will gather for lunch right after the service to discuss specifics of the study and to pick up books. Small groups start the week of May 6, with both Sunday morning and Wednesday evening options. $10 registration fee covers the cost of the book. Please register on our app or online HERE. Questions? Email harmony@theurbanrefuge.com.



Thursday November 8, 6:30-8:30 PM, Christ Presbyterian Church, Edina. America has the largest prison population in the world – and the criminal justice system that puts the men, women, and children in these prisons is broken. Excessive punishment and abuse are widespread, and the collateral consequences are devastating lives and communities. An inspiring and unflinchingly honest speaker, Bryan Stevenson talks about defending some of America’s most rejected and marginalized people. The stories he tells are heartbreaking, yet inspiring, and motivate audiences to make a change. Registration is free, and opens June 4. For more information, go to transformmn.org/event/bryanstevenson.


Attorney, human rights activist, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy. Bryan Stevenson is one of the country’s most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates. A MacArthur fellow and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson is a founding leader of the movement against mass incarceration in the U.S. He recently served on President Obama’s task force on 21st-century policing.

Urban Refuge Camp Out

Baker Park Reserve, June 1 - June 3

Join us for a great family-friendly camping experience at the Baker Park Reserve, Maple Plain, just west of the Cities. We'll kick it off with a Friday night community BBQ, then have a weekend of bonfires, biking, swimming, fishing, yard games, and great conversations. Non-electrical and electrical sites available, along with camper cabins. 20 sites, all together. Reserve your 2-night stay online by May 14 at HERE. Questions? Contact Randy Schmidt.

Attention Leaders

Building Scheduling for Ministries

With Kirsten Hill’s GO! To Rochester, all building scheduling for ministries will now be done by Kenya Mejia. You can view space availability at urban.skedda.com/booking. Email Kenya with any scheduling needs. Please plan in advance as there are three churches using the space

Engage by Serving

Browse Through Our Ministry Profile

Here at Urban, there is a serving opportunity for everyone! We have ministries that work with children, others that pray for those in need, and many that work to walk alongside people, wherever they are in life and their spiritual journey. Go HERE and read through the various ministry opportunities that range from 15 minutes once a month to a couple of hours a week. We would love to help you serve in the areas God has gifted you.

Mission to Our City


Wednesday evening to Sunday afternoon, July 25-29. Mark your calendars for Mission to Our City 2018. It’s a great time to build relationships with others from church as we serve and love the people of our city. Please plan to join us as we step outside our church building and serve our community and one another. More details will follow in the coming weeks.

Vacation Bible Camp

Save the Dates

July 9-12, 5:30-8:30 PM, The Urban Refuge. Please mark your calendars for our 2018 Vacation Bible Camp. Due to scheduling challenges, we had to schedule this year's VBC earlier than usual. Kids ages 4-11 are invited to participate, while youth ages 12+ and adults are needed as volunteers. Watch for more details coming later this spring!

Young Adults Lunch Outing

Sunday, April 22, 12:30-2:30 PM, Midtown Global Market. All young adults, whether you are new to the Urban Refuge or have been attending a long time, are encouraged to join us for a time of food, fellowship, and fun! Invite a friend as well! Questions? Contact Adam Zeece at 651-341-3745 or adzeece@gmail.com.

Father Daughter Dance

How Sweet It Is

Saturday, May 5, 6:30-9:00 PM, Evergreen-Bloomington, Gym and Room 200. Come join us for an unforgettable Candy Land adventure of your very own! We invite all dads, grandfathers, uncles, neighbors, and mentors to bring the lovely ladies in your life to a fun evening of dancing, treats, and board games. Admission is $10 for dad and $5 for each girl attending. Please register online by Monday, April 30 HERE. We expect this event to fill up fast, so don't wait to register! Questions? Contact Kate, 952-451-5395.


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Multi-location News

Calling All Servants!

2018 GCC Pastors & Leaders Conference

June 21-22, Evergreen-Bloomington. Our churches are affiliated with Great Commission Churches (GCC). Each year, GCC has a pastors & leaders conference somewhere in the U.S. This year, it will be held at Evergreen-Bloomington. We will be hosting over 200 GCC pastors and leaders and we need your help! There will be lots to do like set up and tear down and food services and ushering and more. One benefit of serving, you will be able to attend any of the conference messages that occur when you’re not scheduled to serve. We're also looking for donations of baked goods for tthe break times.

If you would like to assist with this wonderful event by giving of your time and talents, please email the church office at office@evergreenchurch.com or call Jeanne-Ann at 952-564-3762.

A “Sweet” Opportunity

Volunteers Needed

We are looking for a team of volunteers to help with the multi-location Father Daughter dance being held on May 5. Opportunities include: assembling decorations, setup, check-in, food, photo booth assistance, and tear down after the event. If you are interested in helping on some (or all) of these dates: April 19, 26, May 4, 5, please email Kate at haskin.kath@gmail.com and you will be contacted with more details. Thank you in advance!

Classified Ads Online

Do you have something for sale, a room for rent, a business to advertise? Our classified ads come from and are available to all our locations, online. If you're a member (you have gone through the New Member’s Seminar and have signed the Membership Covenant) you can submit an ad by emailing office@evergreenchurch.com. The Classified can be seen online HERE.

men’s support & recovery

Mondays, 7:00-8:30 PM, Evergreen Church-Bloomington (2300 E 88th Street, Bloomington). Room 128.  For those with life-controlling behaviors. Contact Dick George at menssupport@evergreenchurch.com or 612-860-8081, please leave a message.


Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 PM, Evergreen-Bloomington, Gym. Have you ever been curious about how ‘martial arts’ can be Christian and biblically based? We train students in the physical, mental, and spiritual character traits to be successful in life and their walk with Christ. All ages 7 years old and older (adults included) are welcome. For more information contact Steve Mohror at steveandalicemohror@gmail.com or 612-729-6123.

UR Fit

Urban Refuge-Downstairs, various days. Join us for some faith-based fitness fun! Classes will encourage everyone, regardless of age or ability, to become more prepared (more fit) to live lives that are healthy and whole so that we are better able to love God and others. Drop-ins of all fitness levels are always welcome and there is no fee. Contact Crystal Vander Heiden at crystalvandy@gmail.com or 952-687-1217 for the schedule.




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